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Grimsby Town 0-3 Exeter City

Goals from Reuben Reid, David Wheeler and Ollie Watkins gave Exeter City a deserved 3-0 victory over Grimsby Town at Blundell Park.

It was a result that extended the Grecians' unbeaten run to eight League Two games, while the Mariners lost for the first time since December 17.

Chances were few and far between in the first half, with Shaun Pearson going closest for Grimsby - heading over from a corner.

At the other end, Craig Woodman saw home skipper Craig Disley block his powerful free-kick, before Reid then grabbed the opener on 41 minutes, prodding home from six yards.

It prompted a defensive switch from the hosts at the break, as Gavin Gunning was brought on for his debut in place of Pearson.

However, following an initial upturn, the Mariners gift-wrapped an opportunity to the visitors, and it was expertly taken by Wheeler, who fired past Dean Henderson.

Grimsby pushed and probed for a way back into the contest, but the points were settled as Watkins plundered home a late third.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 30Henderson
  • 20Boyce
  • 5PearsonSubstituted forGunningat 52'minutes
  • 22CollinsBooked at 57mins
  • 2DaviesBooked at 69mins
  • 12Mills
  • 26ComleySubstituted forVoseat 66'minutes
  • 8DisleyBooked at 66mins
  • 3Andrew
  • 27YussufSubstituted forBolarinwaat 66'minutes
  • 9Bogle

Substitutes

  • 1McKeown
  • 4McAllister
  • 10Vose
  • 18Bolarinwa
  • 21Vernon
  • 23Jones
  • 28Gunning

Exeter

  • 30Pym
  • 28Stacey
  • 39Brown
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 3Woodman
  • 11Wheeler
  • 4JamesBooked at 15minsSubstituted forTillsonat 88'minutes
  • 25Taylor
  • 7HarleySubstituted forSimpsonat 90'minutes
  • 14WatkinsBooked at 28mins
  • 33ReidSubstituted forMcAlindenat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Olejnik
  • 6Tillson
  • 8Simpson
  • 16Oakley
  • 19McAlinden
  • 29Croll
  • 31Sweeney
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
5,009

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home9
Away15
Shots on Target
Home0
Away9
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Grimsby Town 0, Exeter City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 0, Exeter City 3.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Robbie Simpson replaces Ryan Harley.

Attempt blocked. Omar Bogle (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jordan Tillson replaces Lloyd James.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 0, Exeter City 3. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jake Taylor.

Attempt saved. Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Zak Mills (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Ryan Harley (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Liam McAlinden replaces Reuben Reid.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Lloyd James.

Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Omar Bogle (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jake Taylor (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Ben Davies (Grimsby Town).

Lloyd James (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Jack Stacey.

Booking

Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Dominic Vose replaces Brandon Comley.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Tom Bolarinwa replaces Adi Yussuf.

Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Lloyd James (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Lloyd James.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 0, Exeter City 2. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jake Taylor.

Foul by Craig Disley (Grimsby Town).

Craig Woodman (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Danny Collins (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Gavin Gunning.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

Attempt blocked. Brandon Comley (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Jack Stacey.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Gavin Gunning replaces Shaun Pearson.

Attempt missed. Danny Andrew (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Second Half

Second Half begins Grimsby Town 0, Exeter City 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Grimsby Town 0, Exeter City 1.

Omar Bogle (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Troy Brown (Exeter City).

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Dean Henderson.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster26174552331955
2Plymouth25163641271451
3Carlisle261211347361147
4Portsmouth26136740261445
5Wycombe2512673327642
6Luton25118636231341
7Colchester26117841311040
8Cambridge2511683526939
9Barnet2610973737039
10Exeter25113113627936
11Grimsby26106103331236
12Blackpool2598836251135
13Crawley25105103138-735
14Mansfield2681082629-334
15Stevenage26103134044-433
16Yeovil2587102629-331
17Morecambe2594123243-1131
18Crewe26610102536-1128
19Hartlepool2669113344-1127
20Leyton Orient2674152839-1125
21Accrington2567122334-1125
22Cheltenham2559112737-1024
23Notts County2665152848-2023
24Newport2546152945-1618
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